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D-Day Museum

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Address: Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3NT, England
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+44 23 9282 6722
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Portsmouth's D-Day Museum is Britain's only museum dedicated solely to...

Portsmouth's D-Day Museum is Britain's only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944. D-Day was a turning point in the Second World War, and a moment when the course of world events depended on the Allied troops taking part. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother opened the Museum in June 1984, on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day. The Museum’s centrepiece is the magnificent Overlord Embroidery. At 272 feet (83 metres) in length, this is the world’s longest embroidery of its kind, and the Twentieth Century equivalent of the Bayeux Tapestry. It was commissioned by Lord Dulverton of Batsford (1915-92) as a tribute to the sacrifice and heroism of those men and women who took part in Operation Overlord. Designed by artist Sandra Lawrence, the Embroidery took five years to complete. An accompanying multi-language audio commentary brings the events of the Embroidery to life. The Museum's unique and dramatic film show uses archive film to create a moving experience that captures the wartime atmosphere. Extensive displays of personal memorabilia, maps, uniforms, vehicles and other historic artefacts complete your visit to the D-Day Museum. Full size dioramas include the map room at the Allied headquarters at Southwick House, and a Horsa glider that has landed in Normandy. A real LCVP landing craft is on display, as is a rare Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle (BARV) tank.Please see our website for more details.

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Great little museum - well worth a visit

We visited one Sunday with our young son who is a ww2 Enthusiast! It was very interesting to look around with a wealth of information, pictures , models and vehicles to keep it... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited one Sunday with our young son who is a ww2 Enthusiast! It was very interesting to look around with a wealth of information, pictures , models and vehicles to keep it interesting for all age groups . The overlord tapestry is stunning. The short film in the small auditorium is worth a watch - very moving. Good sized... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful little museum with unique stories to tell. A great way to understand the history of Portsmouth and the role it played in WWII

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fantastic attraction! It isvery much worth a visit. The "Overlord Tapestry" tells the story of the preparation for D-Day in a unique and is, in itself, a beautiful artisanal piece of work. Plenty ot see, at the museum and plenty to learn. The museum will soon begin it's £4 million refurbishment. If you can't get there before the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a brilliant attraction. So worth a visit. Held the attention of two children for two hours. The three adults all learnt plenty. Amazing, loved it.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited this Museum with my gran daughter to help with her school home work . very helpful & Informative . . I Cant even image what it must have been like for all those Heros fighting on the beaches must of been Hell . God Bless them all

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the name, it's a museum dedicated to prep for D-Day. It takes about an hour to an hour and a half. Well worth the trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Brilliant place for everyone especially to teach the kids, it was a shame they are limited by size as to the exhibits but they have done a worthy job with the space they have. I was a little disappointed with the gift shop and lack of "D-Day Museum" specific momentous (fridge magnets etc).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a very interesting visit to this museum as a visitor and a 1940's re-enactor! The museum was very interesting, lovely displays and what amazing tapestries wow fantastic the work that has gone into them and they are fabulous. Very informative displays helpful staff brilliant film show! Well worth a visit hopefully be back there once its been refurbished.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we visited there was a veteran at the museum who was very friendly and it was great to talk to him and have our photos taken with him. The museum is full of information and a great tribute to this period of history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely museum full of history really enjoyed learning about d-day and what is was like for both military and civilians. Well recommended and can't wait to come back once it reopens after refurbishment.

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